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Ensuring Your Comfort During Dental Care

woman smiling at dental officeAt Hart Dental, we are committed to keeping our patients relaxed and comfortable during their dental procedures. While this includes pain management and a variety of sedation options, after your dental work is completed you may experience some tooth sensitivity. Let’s look at why that occurs.

Reasons for Tooth Sensitivity

Fillings

Even when a cavity is large, it does not always hurt. Your tooth, despite the cavity, is in a balance or homeostasis. Once we remove the cavity, we upset this “balance.” We upset the nerve and the tooth can be sensitive for days after the filling. Even though it is fixing your tooth, it’s considered minor “surgery” within your tooth. It’s like a bruise.

Our fillings (we use a composite resin) are also very susceptible to any moisture—even from your breath—which can also cause sensitivity. This sensitivity is often resolved by placing a calming, sedative filling which contains eugenol (basically dental clove oil) and replacing the filling either the same day or a few weeks later.

High bite

Another reason for sensitivity after dental work is a “high bite,” which means the filling is taller than it used to be. It feels almost as though only that tooth is touching. When you are numb, it is difficult for you to check your bite and make sure it feels normal. So when the numbness wears off, it can feel different. We can resolve this issue with a quick bite adjustment; no anesthetic or downtime is needed.

A crack or fracture

Another reason for sensitivity could be a crack or fracture. Fractures are not always visible on our 2D X-rays, and can sometimes happen to teeth that don’t even have decay. We can help diagnose any fractures using our 3D Cone Beam—in house, at your convenience.

Home Care Tips

Here are our recommendations for addressing tooth sensitivity at home:

    • Avoid hot or cold foods or drinks that could cause sensitivity and tooth pain.
    • Brush using a desensitizing toothpaste that can provide relief until the symptoms go away.
    • Eat a soft diet as the filled tooth has some degree of inflammation. Hard foods can put the tooth under additional pressure, which can result in irritation and tooth pain.
    • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen. It’s our experience that pain relievers are typically not needed though.
    • Maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily to ease inflammation of the gum tissues.
    • Try natural home remedies such as rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.

We’re Here for You

Our teeth and gums are a complex system. Preventative care is the most important, but once you do need a filling or a crown, we are here for you—before, during and after your procedure. If you have any issues, always call, text or email our practice. Your comfort is paramount to us, and we always guarantee our work!

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